Mac On Sports: Billy Riebock Believes Football Is The Greatest Game Played

 

J. Thomas McNamara

     

Billy Riebock

Billy Riebock believes strongly that football is the greatest game played and he’s succeeded coaching the sport every place he’s been which accounts for his recent hiring to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas which is about 45 miles northeast of Dallas. Riebock is no stranger to knowing how to play the position since he did it under one of the most successful ever St. Teresa head coaches, Scott Davis, one of three for whom the field is named with Ed Boehm and Dick Munn being the other two. He graduated from St. Teresa in 2002 and headed to Quincy Uni-versity where he quarterbacked it before graduating in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice and later a master’s degree in education.

     David Bailiff is Texas A&M’s Commerce head coach, who called him recently to ask how he would like to come there and work toward winning another national championship. A&M Commerce won the Division II national championship in 2017. Riebock actually was in North Carolina on a recruiting trip for Bridgewater when he received the call from Bailiff asking if he would be interested since he was Bill’s former head coach and had been hired as the Texas A&M Commerce head coach. He’s also coached at Rice University in Houston.

     He is the son of Jim and Pam Riebock and brother to St. Teresa women’s basketball head coach Andrea (Riebock) Dorsey. Being competitive is second nature to the two of them as they exemplified that throughout their elementary, middle and high school careers in their respective sports of football and basketball. Andrea, for those who may not have been around at the time, won back-to-back championships, first with St. Teresa’s undefeated 33-0 lady Bulldogs in 2004 and the following year as one of the guards on the now-retired Lori Kerans’ Millikin women’s 2005 national basketball championship team.

     Coaches can’t succeed without an understanding and unselfish wife which Bill’s wife, Emina, is. “She has been very supportive of me” which makes it easier on his career, but more difficult for her in having to uproot their young family that includes daughter, Emilia, and James. Emilia is three and James is one so you can imagine what life is for her having to take care of their home back in Bridgewater while he finds a place for them to reside in Commerce. He loves coaching football because, he says, it allows him to bring together people from all walks of life, regardless of backgrounds, to come together to win and “be judged for what you achieve in a three-hour period on Saturday afternoons on whether you win or lose.

     “Football is a game where you have a either a winner or a loser. “This is an opportunity I have that is second to none,” enthused Riebock in our telephone chat. By the way the Riebocks are synonymous with St. Teresa athletics as Jim himself coached Andrea in softball there and is responsible for maintaining and nurtchuring the Jonathan Madding Field.

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